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“John Wayne Was Here”

China Camp State Park
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.
Reviewed August 21, 2012

At the beach park itself, John Wayne starred in a famous movie, Blood Alley. When I watch that movie I recognize the landscape! Quiet, serene, seaside, sandy beaches at the 'camp' itself..it is an exercise remembering why we live in the Bay Area! Birds! Shrimps! Fishing! Great hiking, walking, kayaking, boating, viewing, painting, ...you name it

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"hiking trails"
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"san pablo bay"
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"single track trails"
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"picnic tables"
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"get away"
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"fishing village"
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"chinese immigrants"
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"history lesson"
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"china beach"
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"bike ride"
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"small museum"
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"wild turkeys"
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

I've hiked in this park for years. Exhibits in the small fishing village are charming, and the shorter hikes on bike-free trails remain outstanding. The area abounds with wildlife to enjoy, and the views from the top of the ridge are breathtaking. Unfortunately, in recent years, cyclists have taken over the back-trails, and hikers amble along at their peril. I've almost been run down by speeding cyclists several times--enough so that I no longer use those trails. It seems no one has informed these folks that walkers have the right of way; jumping off the trail to avoid a collision seems to be the only option. Until the park enforces the cycle/hiker rules, stick to the cycle-free trails and enjoy a really beautiful walk.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

A great place to look at the bay, with wonderful history.

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We started at the visitor center down by the water for a docent-led tour by an enthusiastic park lover and got to meet Frank Quan, the owner of the snack bar, whose family has been there for generations; there is quite a variety of hiking trails, though we didn't explore them much as we were there for the historical aspect and with limited time. Beautiful picnic space by the water. We thank the Friends of China Camp who are working so hard to save it in these days of State Park closures. Visit soon and help keep it alive! The drive there is pretty, and it's relatively uncrowded by Bay Area standards.

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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Great hiking and picnic spots. A sad memorial to the shabby treatment of the Chinese (hence it's name). Even if they are forced to close all the parks of California, this one will still be a tactile treasure for you to enjoy.

Thank WeGoMama
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